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Major Renovations Start on Future SoMa Campus Structure

A view of the north wall shows the careful removal of the exterior of 155 Fifth Street in preparation for a new façade.

September  25, 2012

Construction equipment, scaffolding and workers in hard hats are among the sights to see in San Francisco's South of Market (SoMa) district these days as major renovations move forward at 155 Fifth Street, the future home of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

In early September, construction crews began to prepare for the removal and replacement of the exterior façade of the seven-story, 395,000-square-foot structure.

The interior spaces have already been stripped down to their structural core in preparation for further renovations inside the building in coming months.

Upcoming construction activities projected to be completed in early 2013 will include barricade set up, demolition of exterior precast panels and exterior glazing. Next, the exterior "skin" system installation is scheduled to take place starting in January through June 2013. During this phase, the public will get a better view of the glass used to create the look of the new campus. Other ancillary building and structural work started in August 2012 and will continue throughout 2013.

155 Fifth Street North Wall Workers

Workers are preparing walls for the building's new exterior skin.

The school expects to finish up the renovations and have the new campus ready for a phased move-in throughout early to mid-2014. The school plans to move the bulk of its clinical operations, student services and public dental clinics to the 155 Fifth Street location during the 2014 summer academic break.

"These are historic moments for Pacific Dugoni and the entire Pacific family," said Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. "I would like to congratulate the entire Facility Planning Committee and the numerous people involved on sub-groups who have worked hard and given input into the project."

Five floors of the building will eventually house the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and will also feature space for University of the Pacific to use for future programs or events not limited to dentistry.

The new campus will contain flexible learning environments, research and seminar spaces; a state-of-the-art dental simulation lab and communal areas to support the dental school family. It will also feature remodeled clinical spaces to support the small-group practice model currently being implemented.

Construction worker at 155 Fifth Street

A worker removes old exterior windows.

The future campus is located in a prime urban location offering many neighborhood amenities and close proximity to parking and public transportation options for students, faculty, staff and patients. The structure, which meets current seismic codes, is being built to LEED Gold standards through the use of environmentally efficient design features.

The University's Facilities Planning Committee is working closely with numerous partners on this project, including project management firm Nova Partners, general contractor Plant Construction and lead architect SmithGroupJJR.

Visit to learn more about the project and view architectural renderings, floor plans and videos. 

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